Combining Ultra HD 4K video recording with in-camera 4K cropping and editing tools, the Panasonic HC-VX981K 4K Ultra HD Camcorder offers simple yet powerful operation to enable users of all levels to capture high-quality UHD 4K and Full HD video. The camcorder is packed with advanced features including an HDR Movie Mode to retain more highlight and shadow information, and a Wireless Multicamera function that lets you add and record up to two picture-in-picture video feeds from mobile devices connected via Wi-Fi. This gives you the ability to capture multiple angles and viewpoints simultaneously for a unique video experience.

The camcorder features a 1/2.3" backside-illuminated (BSI) MOS sensor with an 8.29MP effective resolution that combines with a Crystal Engine 4K image processor to support UHD 4K video at 24/30 fps and 1080p video up to 60 fps. The camera is also able to take up to 25.9MP interpolated still images, and offers the ability to extract still photos directly from your 4K video frames using the 4K Photo Mode. It also adds 4K editing tools that allow you to perform in-camera cropping, zooming, panning, tracking, and stabilizing to your 4K footage. The edited video is saved in 1080p resolution.

Optically, the camcorder utilizes a Leica Dicomar lens that provides a 20x optical zoom range and a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 30.8mm at the wide end. Intelligent zoom boosts that range up to 40x for Full HD and 25x for 4K recording. To keep excessive image vibration to a minimum, for steadier handheld shooting, the HC-VX981K features Panasonic's HYBRID O.I.S.+ which combines optical and digital image stabilization to provide 5-axis correction. It can then be combined with Panasonic's Level Shot function to produce clearer, level, and more stable looking handheld footage.

The camcorder's built-in Wi-Fi supports the Wireless Multicamera feature, along with other functionality through the Panasonic Image App. These functions include remote camera control, live image monitoring, and file uploading directly to social media sites. Once connected to your smartphone, you can even live stream video using USTREAM to share moments and events with your friends and family as they are being recorded. Additionally, there's a Baby Monitor function which lets you use your smartphone to quickly check in on a sleeping baby in another room when both the camcorder and mobile device are connected to the same home network.

Wireless Multicamera
Wireless Multicamera enables picture-in-picture recording using Wi-Fi connected mobile devices. You can connect up to three mobile devices at a time and use two of them to record picture-in-picture images. This makes it easy and fun to capture multiple angles and viewpoints at once.
In-Camera 4K Cropping and Editing Tools
Built-in editing tools allow you to crop your 4K video and add effects such as zooming, panning, tracking, and stabilizing. The edited videos are saved at 1080p resolution.
4K Photo Mode
Pause and extract 4K (8.29MP) still images from 4K video frames using the 4K Photo Mode.
HDR (High Dynamic Range) Movie Mode
By combining two images taken with different exposure times, the HDR Movie function suppresses blown highlights and blocked shadows for crisper, clearer videos. With HDR you can maintain gradation in your images in difficult shooting situations, like when your subject is back-lit.
5-Axis HYBRID O.I.S.+
Stabilized on 5 axes (pan, tilt, and roll axes, plus horizontal and vertical directions), the HYBRID O.I.S+ suppresses blurring and jitters in your videos when not using a tripod or other stabilizer.
Level Shot Function
Level Shot automatically detects and corrects tilting in images. It can be adjusted to three different levels-OFF, Normal or Strong-depending on shooting conditions.
Wi-Fi Functionality
In addition to Wireless Multicamera, the camera is also able to take advantage of remote control and image sharing from a smartphone or tablet using Panasonic's mobile app. Once connected to your smartphone, you can even live stream video using USTREAM to share moments and events with your friends and family as they are being recorded.

Built-in Wi-Fi also enables you to take advantage of the Baby Monitor feature, which lets you use your smartphone to quickly check in on a sleeping baby in another room when both the camcorder and mobile device are connected to the same home network. You also can speak to your baby via your smartphone or have a notification sent to you when the camera detects that your baby is crying.

Panasonic HC-VX981K 4K Ultra HD Camcorder

SKU: HC-VX981K
$797.99 Regular Price
$597.99Sale Price
  • Specs

    Panasonic HC-VX981K Specs
    Camera
    Sensor    1-Chip 1/2.3" MOS
    Backside Illumination    Yes
    Sensor Resolution    18.91 MP
    Effective Pixels    8.3 MP (16:9 Video)
    6.1 MP (16:9 Video)
    8.3 MP (16:9 Photo)
    7 MP (3:2 Photo)
    6.2 MP (4:3 Photo)
    Optics
    Focal Length    4.08 to 81.6mm
    35mm-Equivalent Focal Length    30.8 to 626 at 16:9 4K (Level Shot Function OFF)
    37 to 752 at 16:9 Full HD (Level Shot Function Off or Normal)
    30.8 to 626 at 16:9 Photo
    34.5 to 690.3 at 3:2 Photo
    37.6 to 752.8 at 4:3 Photo
    Maximum Aperture    f/1.8 - f/3.6
    Zoom    Optical: 20x
    Intelligent: 25x 4K
    Intelligent: 40x (in HD)
    Digital: 60x
    Digital: 1500x
    Filter Size    49 mm
    Recording
    System    NTSC
    Recording Media    1 x SD/SDHC/SDXC
    Video Format    3840 x 2160p at 24/30 fps (72 Mb/s MP4)
    1920 x 1080p at 24/60 fps (50 Mb/s MP4)
    1920 x 1080p at 60 fps (28 Mb/s MP4)
    1280 x 720p at 30 fps (9 Mb/s MP4)
    1920 x 1080p at 60 fps (28 Mb/s AVCHD)
    1920 x 1080i at 60 fps (24 Mb/s AVCHD)
    1920 x 1080i at 60 fps (17 Mb/s AVCHD)
    1920 x 1080i at 60 fps (13 Mb/s AVCHD)
    1920 x 1080i at 60 fps (5 Mb/s AVCHD)
    960 x 540p at 30 fps (28 Mb/s iFrame)
    Still Image Resolution    JPEG: 25.9 Megapixel, 6784 x 3816 (16:9)
    JPEG: 14 Megapixel, 4992 x 2808 (16:9)
    JPEG: 2.1 Megapixel, 1920 x 1080 (16:9)
    JPEG: 20 Megapixel, 5472 x 3684 (3:2)
    JPEG: 10.6 Megapixel, 3984 x 2656 (3:2)
    JPEG: 2.0 Megapixel, 1728 x 1152 (3:2)
    JPEG: 20.4 Megapixel, 5216 x 3912 (4:3)
    JPEG: 10.9 Megapixel, 3808 x 2856 (4:3)
    JPEG: .3 Megapixel, 640 x 480 (4:3)
    Audio Format    AAC
    Dolby Digital 2ch
    Dolby Digital 5.1
    Display
    Display Type    LCD
    Touchscreen    Yes
    Screen Size    3"
    Screen Resolution    460,800 Dots
    Exposure Control
    Shutter Speed    1/24 - 1/8000 Second (Video)
    1/2 - 1/2000 Second (Photo)
    Features
    Image Stabilization    Optical & Digital
    Scene Modes    Preset: Yes
    Lux    1400 (Standard Illumination)
    2 (Low Light Scene Mode)
    1 (Night Mode, Color)
    0 (Night Mode)
    White Balance Modes    Auto
    Cloudy
    Custom
    Daylight
    Indoor 1
    Indoor 2
    Creative Effects    Yes
    Built-In Mic    Yes
    Built-In Speaker    Yes
    Built-In Light/Flash    Light - Yes
    Flash - No
    Wi-Fi    Yes, Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n)
    Accessory Shoe    1 x Cold
    Tripod Mount    1/4" - 20
    Input/Output Connectors
    Outputs    1 x Micro-HDMI (Type D)
    1 x A/V
    1 x USB 2.0
    Microphone Input    Yes
    Headphone Jack    Yes
    General
    Battery    Rechargeable Battery Pack, 3.6 VDC, 1940 mAh
    Max Runtime: 1 Hours per Charge
    Charging Method    AC Adapter
    USB
    Power Adapter    5 VDC
    Power Consumption    Recording: 7.1 W
    Charging: 7.7 W
    Dimensions (W x H x D)    2.6 x 2.9 x 5.5" / 65.0 x 73.0 x 139.0 mm
    Weight    12.38 oz / 351 g without battery and SD card
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight    1.9 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH)    8.9 x 5.9 x 4.1"